Knitted doilies from the early 1960s
These were frequently used when I was a child, as everyone had a milk jug to protect - and often as not, no refrigerator. I need to point our here, (just to be clear), that I did not come into the world during the era when milk was delivered daily straight from a churn into your own jug - ours did come in bottles.
Actually, I exaggerate our level of refinement "chez nous" - we did not have our milk in a jug as the norm. Mrs Blake did though, and I remember her lovely hand-made beaded doilies, to which I even now aspire - even though my milk is safe in a carton in the fridge.
I also remember camping with the Girl Guides, and protecting our dishes of jam with net cloths - only to find them later covered in wasps, munching away, having casually sliced their way through the netting with their sharp little mandibles! [Not members of the saw-fly family for nothing].
Start with 10ch, join with slip stitch to form a ring.
Pass loops on to knitting needle thus:
1st Round: Knit.
3rd Round: Yfwd, k1.
Rep 16th and 17th rounds until 41 st round is completed, having one knit stitch more before k2tog at end of each repeat. [220 sts]
42nd Round (and all even rounds unless otherwise stated): knit
From now on one repeat of pattern stitches is given and is repeated 19 times more (20 times in all).
43rd Round: K10, yfwd, k1, yfwd.
61st Round: K1, (k2tog,yfwd) 3 times,
k1, k twice into next st, k1, (yfwd, slip 1, k1, psso) 3 times.
63rd Round: K8, k5 sts into next st, k7.
65th Round: Slip the last stitch
of each right needle on to left needle, slip 1, k2tog, psso, k2tog, yfwd,
k4, yfwd, k2tog, yfwd, k1, yfwd, slip1, k1, psso, yfwd, k4, yfwd, slip1,
67th Round: Slip last stitch of each
right needle on left needle, slip 1, k2tog, psso, k5, yfwd, k2tog, yfwd,
k3, yfwd, slip 1, k1, psso, yfwd, k5.
71st Round: K2, yfwd, slip1, k2tog,
psso, yfwd, k2tog, yfwd, slip 1, k1, psso, k3, k2tog, yfwd, slip 1, k1,
psso, yfwd, slip 1, k2tog, psso, yfwd, k1.
74th Round: Knit.
75th Round: Slip last stitch of each
right needle on to left needle. Insert hook into place near stitch just
transferred and pull working thread through, *
(insert hook into next 3 sts as if to knit, thread over and pull through,
thread over and pull through 2 loops - dc made - slip the 3 worked sts
from needle, 3ch) twice;
[Editor's note: This final crochet row does take a long time - it is fiddly and took me well over an hour and a half of fiddling. However, you can be encouraged by the fact that this is your very last step to finishing - once completed, it's all over.]
Start with 8ch, join with slip stitch to form a ring. Pass loop on to knitting needle and continue as for larger doily, noting that repeat is worked 7 times more (8 times in all) instead of 9.
Divide the 8 sts, 3 on 2 needles and 2 on 1.
Work as for larger doily until 29th round is completed.
30th Round: K14, k2tog.
Continue as for larger doily starting from 57th round to end.
Sew in all ends.
Sew beads around edges - or make a set for your side table....
Coats Mercer Crochet Cotton No 40 (20 gram), 2 balls in selected colour.
1.00 mm (or No 4) steel crochet hook.
Set of four double pointed No 13 (2¼mm).
13 inch diameter for larger and 9½ inch for smaller.